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Old 12-27-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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Well to start off I'm a 22 y/o in the AF. I take pride in doing all my own work to my car.

I purchased the car a little over a year ago from another member here. I got it with all the stage 2 bolt ons. I got the car retuned when I got to california and made 224 whp and 234 wtq.

I had alot of fun with it at those power levels but I got used to it rather quick. So the hunt for more power began. I tossed the idea of just going to an 18g on the stock motor but I didn't want reliability to be a question. So that idea went out the window.

It came down to doing a swap. Either a USDM STI, a built hybrid or a JDM motor. I couldn't source out a totaled STI in my proce range so that went out the window. The hybrid ran about the same price as a swap but after hours of research I had my eyes set on getting a JDM motor for many reasons. 8k rev limit, incredable heads, and AVCS. I picked up my V7 EJ207 from Wali out of Import Racing Motors (great guy by the way) and all the extra parts (clutch, radiator, wiring harness etc..) over a few months. Well the car went down last monday and thursday mid day she was running with the V7 motor.

It was a big project to do mostly by myself but big thanks to my father (he owns an 02 WRX wagon haha but isnt a member here) for teaching me all I know about turning wrenches.

Now for some pictures. They are crappy cell phone pics that reflect my horrible photography skills but I was in my own little groove as I was working on the car.

I'm the guy in the blue shirt, and thats my buddy who has an 09 WRX.



















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Old 12-27-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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And it's finally running. After priming her, she started right up on the first crank.


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Old 12-27-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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thats bad ass!!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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Almost makes it look easy, lol.

Nice job.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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awesome! i love doing my own work. i really want to get the ej207 swap myself
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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Hot damn! I know you're excited!
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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is that a appartment parking garage? if it is, then 2 thumbs up for you....
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:05 PM   #9
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Man thats nice, if you dont mind me asking what did that cost you? Was thinking about doing the same thing into my 03. You can pm me
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:11 PM   #10
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Haha when I started it the first time I was running and jumping round yelling. It was super easy expect dont forget about the bottom bolt on the DP haha. I was yanking on the motor for a good hour trying to get it out and it would fiving come. Found the last bolt, the dp fell off and one good pull the motor came right out. Thanks for the comments guys.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:16 PM   #11
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It was at the hobby shop on the AFB. As for price i think grand total was about 6850 for everything, timing belt job done by tuner and all extra parts.

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Old 12-27-2010, 08:34 PM   #12
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It was a big project to do mostly by myself but big thanks to my father (he owns an 02 WRX wagon haha but isnt a member here) for teaching me all I know about turning wrenches.
now that's badass.. father like son!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:20 PM   #13
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I love how Subaru engines just pop out and pop in so easily.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:59 PM   #14
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Congrats bro! thanks for your feedback by the way !
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:03 PM   #15
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Are you using USDM ECU, JDM ECU, or some kind of stand alone to get that AVCS working?
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:37 AM   #16
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Sorry for the serious late reply, and you probably already found the answer but ill still answer it.

You swap in the JDM ecu. Nect you have 2 options. Option A) Purchase IA Performance wiring harness for 200 bucks and take 10 minutes tops to rewire the car.

Option B) grab the wiring schemadics and some spare wire and rewire it your self.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:52 AM   #17
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Good work, props for doing it your self.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:02 AM   #18
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if you run a jdm ecu what are you going to do about inspection tests will it still pass?
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:08 AM   #19
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i wish my father was that cool haha =P as far as cars at least lol
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:13 AM   #20
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You still running the stock 5spd? If so, be prepared. Personally, I would have sourced a USDM STi ej257 w/6 spd trans with parts. A little searching and time you could have got it it all for around 6500$ or less. Just my .02

On the other hand. A great job! Enjoy that 8250 redline, Cuz i sure as hell do!
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